I’m a lucky girl to have so many talented friends. Leslie Handler is no exception. Her newest book,“Rats, Mice and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank” was an enjoyable read.
The cover and title may make you think it is just a silly book, but don’t be fooled. The subtitle, “An inspirational collection of essays from humorous to simply human” is a good description. The short essays/chapters within range from silly to heartfelt to just plain funny.
One of the first chapters, a story about her brother and how he came and went in her life, is beautifully written and nearly broke my heart. This is counterbalanced with stories that contain hilarious lines like this “I’ve suffered…skipping a meal (but only one, I had the flu and it was Yom Kippour).” She talks about mothering, cancer, fishing children’s toys out of a toilet, high heels, and in incredibly wide variety of topics. If one essay isn’t your cup of tea, the next one will be. Through it all, her attitude truly is inspirational – what more can you say to problems you can’t control than “Oh, Rats!” and go on with your day. Even if that problem can kill you.
In the interest of full disclosure, I do have to say that there were a distracting number of typos, which I am hoping can be fixed in a later edition. Of course, I tend to see those things where others don’t, and it obviously escaped the editors’ eyes so it can’t be too obvious, but I’m me, and I’m weird like that. Still, the book is worth it.
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